Posh hit hard with eight goal finish

PUBLISHED: 15:18 06 September 2006 | UPDATED: 22:12 28 May 2010

THREE’SY DOES IT: Posh hat-trick man Lloyd Opara closes down Martin McNeil. Pictures: Steve Williams

THREE'SY DOES IT: Posh hat-trick man Lloyd Opara closes down Martin McNeil. Pictures: Steve Williams

PETERBOROUGH United fielded a strong side against Wisbech Town in Tuesday evening s friendly match at Fenland Park and they put in an impressive performance to win 8-0. Posh manager and former Fenmen player, Keith Alexander was pleased with his side s dis

NEW MAN: Wisbech’s new loan signing Dane Harper shields the ball from Danny Crow Pictures: Steve Williams

PETERBOROUGH United fielded a strong side against Wisbech Town in Tuesday evening's friendly match at Fenland Park and they put in an impressive performance to win 8-0.

Posh manager and former Fenmen player, Keith Alexander was pleased with his side's display, particularly in the first half, and United were 7-0 up by the break.

Wisbech were always going to find the going difficult against a Posh side with a ruthless cutting edge in front of goal, and despite an improvement after the break, the home side were completely overwhelmed in the first half.

Making his debut for Wisbech on the right wing was St Albans midfielder Dane Harper, who is on loan for the next two months.

PIECES OF EIGHT: Wisbech keeper Nick Conroy is beaten by Danny Crow’s opener Pictures: Steve Williams

It didn't take Posh long to break the deadlock and within a minute of the kick-off, Lloyd Opara found some space on the right flank before pulling the ball back to Danny Crow, who slotted the ball home.

Harper had the home fans on their feet three minutes later when his shot from the edge of the box was well-hit but straight at Posh keeper Luke McShane.

At the other end of the pitch, Wisbech keeper Nick Conroy was in for a busy night and two minutes later, the busy Jimmy Ghaichem produced a good cross that was met by Crow's header but Conroy produced a smart stop low down to his left.

However, Posh were relentless and they had doubled their lead within five minutes. Again Ghaichem jinked his way down the right wing before teeing-up Justin Richards in the box and he powered the ball past Conroy.

Conroy produced another fine save to deny Ghaichem and Luke Pepper was introduced from the bench to replace Mark Jimson, who sustained a nasty head wound.

Crow looked to turn provider on 16 minutes as he cut in from the left and put in a dangerous low cross towards Richards. The unfortunate Andy Lodge slid in to block but turned the ball in to his own net to extend Posh's lead.

The lead became 5-0 before the half-hour mark as first Crow latched on to a long ball to lob the ball over Conroy and then on 27 minutes, Opara also found space behind the Wisbech defence to produce another cool chip to find the back of the net.

The best chance for Wisbech came on the half-hour as Liam Nimmo finally got a sight of goal in the box and he guided his shot past McShane but unfortunately, also past the post.

Darren Jimson's shot from range two minutes later cleared the bar but United hit back to make it 6-0 on 40 minutes. The ball was played in to Opara who neatly turned, found space in the box and fired the ball past Conroy.

Stuart Cobb replaced the injured Luke Pepper before Richards raced on to a through ball and slotted the ball under the home keeper to make it 7-0.

Wisbech improved in the second half but Posh posed a continual threat on the home goal and Conroy and the woodwork denied further scoring until Ghaichem tantalised the home defenders before setting up Opara, who finished to complete his hat-trick and the scoring.

READ FRIDAY'S WISBECH STANDARD FOR MORE NEWS AND THE REACTION OF FENMEN MANAGER DICK CREASEY

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